Arsenal transfer news: Where the Gunners will look to strengthen in January

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal's season has been a perplexing one to administer.

They have shown continued improvement in big games, but at home, particularly against teams who create a low block in defence, they struggle.

Mikel Arteta managed to secure an Arsenal win at Old Trafford against Manchester United for the first time in 14 years, but a weekend later they were losing 3-0 to Aston Villa.

It was an embarrassing result for the Gunners, one that typified their inconsistencies over the last decade or so. 

They have now not scored in over six hours from open play in the top-flight and all of a sudden, Arteta's credentials are being questioned.

It's strange how fickle football can be, but it demonstrates the very cut-throat nature of the game in a nutshell.

One week you're in line to become a club legend and then the next, some supporters would happily throw you in the trash.

Arteta

Fortunately, though, Arsenal are already making plans for the January transfer window. It might be seven or so weeks before it opens but for the Gunners, they are in desperate need of strengthening one position.

That area happens to be the creative midfielder role. They are struggling to create chances and after missing out on Houssem Aouar in the summer, it looks as though they'll aim to sign a similar sort of player in January.

Those were the words of the Athletic's David Ornstein who speaking on his YouTube channel this week, revealed the following:

"The sense I get is that they would be looking to understandably to bring a creative attacking midfielder in that sort of no 10 role but perhaps who could operate towards the right as well."

Arsenal v Aston Villa

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's blindingly obvious that Arsenal need an attacking midfielder.

Mesut Ozil has bizarrely been left out of the squad and so far, Arteta is ignoring Joe Willock.

The young Englishman has scored twice in the Europa League this term and has an impressive knack of breaking through a defensive line that likes to sit back. However, he is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League.

So who could the solution be? Well, it's thought as though Aouar is still dreaming of a move to England but two new faces have emerged as possible targets this week. 

Houssem Aouar

Arsenal are reportedly pondering a deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nkunku, while the eye-catching talent of 20-year-old Dominik Szoboszlai is also on their radar.

Both would be fine additions, especially for a team in need of someone who can carry the ball forward.

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